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time, the state department urged all nonessential personnel to leave on commercial flights. the f.b.i. has opened an investigation and is sending agents to sift through the wreckage for evidence. and at the same time the u.s. is increasing its surveillance over libya, including the use of those unmanned drones. in addition, scott, the navy is positioning two destroyers armed with cruise missiles off the coast of libya. bottom line: this is a terrorist hunt. >> pelley: david, thank you. this is the first time a u.s. ambassador has died in the line of duty in more than 30 years. at the white house this morning, the president said this. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. and make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> pelley: christopher stevens is only the sixth u.s. ambassador in american history to be killed by terrorists. it was a shock at the state department where secretary of state hillary clinton spoke earlier. >> today many americans are asking-- indeed
to washington, and a law enforcement source said the f.b.i. would begin the investigation by interviewing the 30 american sush viefers of the attack who are now at a u.s. military wais in germany. the attackers struck at 10 p.m. local time tuesday and within 15 minutes were inside the compound firing on the main building where ambassador chris stevens, information manager sean smith, and a security officer had already begun destroying classified documents. smoke and flames from a rocket-probelled grenade which exploded on the roof, drove the security officer ow of the building, but he went back in to find stevens and smith. state department spokeswoman victoria nuland described what happened next. >> when he got to sean smith, he was already dead. he pulled him from the building. he went back into the building with additional security forces, but was unable to locate ambassador stevens before the fire overcame the building. >> reporter: the battle then shifted to an annex where two other americans, former navy seal glen doherty, and a still-un identified state department security guard were kill
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